The offshore wind industry is growing rapidly as technologies mature, prices fall and ever larger projects are constructed. But the floating wind sector, where turbines are constructed on floating structures, is at an earlier stage of development and a number of challenges need to be overcome in order to allow large scale deployment of this technology.
The scale of opportunity in floating offshore wind is, however, likely to be great. By 2030, we estimate that a further 12GW of floating wind capacity could be built globally, requiring around £32.4bn of capital investment.
Could your technology work for floating wind?
If you are a private company, not-for-profit organisation or academic institution with a relevant technology, you could be eligible to receive up to £250k in Scottish Government grant funding in order to progress the development of this technology.
What are we looking for?
The competition has a particular emphasis on technologies that could offer solutions to the following challenges:
- Challenge 1: Technologies that will allow effective and safe major component exchange offshore.
- Challenge 2: Technologies that will allow cost effective and safe disconnection and re-connection operations when turbine foundations are towed to port.
- Challenge 3: Technology that will allow cost effective, safe and reliable monitoring and inspection for offshore wind farms.
- Challenge 4: Methods, materials or technologies that allow easier and safe installation and reduce maintenance requirements of mooring systems, thereby reducing overall cost.
- Miscellaneous category: Other technologies that will reduce the cost of floating offshore wind, such as reducing installation times, improving ancillary hardware used with export cables, allowing serial fabrication or reducing maintenance requirements. Plus, other technologies related to floating wind operations and maintenance (including port and logistical requirements).
For more detailed information see Competition scope and application guidance (pdf)
How will you benefit?
There is £1m of grant funding available, with each successful project able to receive up to £250k. The competition is expected to support between four and ten projects in total.
The competition is funded by the Scottish Government and supported by the Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (JIP). Participating in this competition provides the opportunity to work with the Floating Wind JIP developers – 14 leading offshore wind developers – who may offer additional (non-financial) support and advice to project entrants. Competition entrants may also work with Floating Wind JIP developers on a commercial basis following the completion of any projects funded under this competition.
Key dates in the call for project
- 11 September 2019 - Competition launches
- 29 October 2019 - Deadline for receipt of clarification questions
- 5 November 2019 - Deadline for applications
- Early December - Presentation of shortlisted entries to Floating Wind JIP developers